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Poster: KILLERGREENBUD Date: Nov 9, 2007 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: cover tunes?

Just seeing if anyone has any insight on best performed cover tunes?

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Poster: wineland Date: Nov 9, 2007 3:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

My wife says that nobody sings a Dylan song better than the Dead, and that includes Dylan in her evaluation. I tend to agree.

What's my pick for best cover? I always liked The Weight. Try 9.15.90 on for size. Even Phil sounds good. I prefer the AUD so you can hear the crowd cheer on Bruce, singing Brent's part. A great opening to a smokin' second set. Take some time and check out hte Playing in the Band > Crazy Fingers that immediately follow The Weight.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-09-15.brotman.unknown.9047.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 9, 2007 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

The Grateful Dead were probably the best covers band on the planet. Viola Lee Blues. Lovelight and Hard to Handle were pretty damn good from the early days, I think you may agree. The ‘cowboy tunes’ – Me and My Uncle, El Paso, Big River – they could run off slicker than shit most nights. I always liked Jerry’s folky tunes like Jack-a-Roe and Peggy-O. Then there was Big Railroad Blues, Going Down The Road Feeling Bad, Not Fade Away, Morning Dew, Cold Rain and Snow, Iko Iko…

Oh yeah and a few tunes by that Dylan guy…

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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 9, 2007 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

I have always loved the Dead's cover of Watchtower. You can get some spitting Bob, fanning Jerry, and Hammond B3 Brent all in one tasty package!

Thaere are those among us, who feel that life is but a joke!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

hey Scrim - check this one out and tell me what you think if you have time. One of my favorite versions. Weir sounds allmost evil in his delivery and Jerry shreds the solo. Nice sound too for aud imo. btw - tracking is messed up

http://www.archive.org/details/gd88-07-17.schoeps.gardner.9245.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 9, 2007 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

That's what we're talkin about, and the period I think of for rippin Watchtowers.

This used to be a favorite tape, but haven't listened to it since going digital. I need to hunt this one down again (it also has one of my guilty pleasures: Believe It or Not.) (though not really an end of 2nd set type of song.)

And the wind begins to HOWLLLLLLLL - I like how the crowd howls back when he sings this line. Kind of like in Little Red Rooster - when the hounds begin to HOWLLLLLL

Hooooowwwwwwwwwllllllllllllllllll

I'm ready for some Friday beer and some SHREDDING Jerry

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 4:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

Dang! Friday beer and shredding Jerry? Too bad you don't live closer. My better half is sick so I don't think she'll be up for being very festive tonight. At least we did get our vids in the mail. Looks like it'll be a Family Guy night tonight. Love that show.

Have a great one.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 9, 2007 6:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

My wife is sick too, which means I'll walk down to my friend's house tonight. He's single, so down there I can jam Jerry, drink whiskey, smoke cigarettes, grunt, and all those other manly things we do when the wife is away.

Have a great weekend

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Nov 9, 2007 6:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

That sounds like my kind of night. Ahhhrreee

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 9, 2007 4:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

Hey Johnny - Some time ago I wrote a post which included the phrase gigiddy-gigiddy....and Arb didn't know what that was! I now refer to Arb as my Amish buddy from the internet! Slight contradiction, but way funny!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 5:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

That one went over my head my friend. I assume you're talking about the family guy? I have to admit I've only started watching it this year on re-runs because that channel comes in great and I don't get the Fox worth crap. Anyway, we've gotten totally addicted to it. Now we're ordering the DVD's to rent to catch up.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 9, 2007 5:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

my daughter got me to watch this clip because it creased her up - had a similar effect on me too. (Oh yeah,and I don't know what a Hollaback Girl is either, but I want them dead too...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZtZz9CVAOg

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 9, 2007 4:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

Scrim - try this post-Brent Hornsby/Garcia Watchtower. It's pretty impassioned and apocalyptic I think (and goes into a sweet Stella).

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-10-31.sbd.ladner.8070.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 9, 2007 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

I did, nice strong version, thanks! Was that Gary Duncan jamming in?

It's been a while since I listened to a Bruce show, he sounds good, adds that Keith feeling to the songs.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Nov 10, 2007 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

Oooh, the Weight- Love that one...

The first one that came to my mind, though, was
a version of Tangled up In Blue that Jerry did at the Ritz Theater in NYC. That has been my favorite for years. My tape has really degraded. I would love to get that show in lossless, but I never got the date when I traded for it.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Nov 9, 2007 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

never really thought about it. there are so many covers, maybe hundreds, that were performed over the years, we should make a list of tunes that were known to be played only once. that would be interesting. off the top of my skull, morning dew, desolation row, dear mr. fantasy, j.b.g., viola lee blues, death don't have no mercy, me& my uncle, hard to handle, dancin in the streets, good lovin, lovelight, promised land, around and around

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 9, 2007 1:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

hey, mcgannahan - try this:

http://www3.clearlight.com/~acsa/intro.htm

Easiest thing is to input each band member's name individually. It's surprising what comes up!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

I had never heard Jerry doing this Warren Zevon song until the Jerry box set came out. Did he ever play it live? Talk about a beautiful song and perfect for Jerry.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 9, 2007 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

I think it was a lovely little one off. (Anyone know of any other instances of Jerry playing keyboard rather than guitar?) There are probably a couple of other Zevon songs besides Werewolves that the Dead would have done a good job on - Mohammed's Radio (going into Blues for Allah maybe?) for one. And I can imagine Bob really getting into Excitable Boy.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

the only thing that comes to mind is stuff from his first solo album where he played piano.

I love how excited Bob Matthews was to say he is credited as playing with Jerry.

This post was modified by johnnyonthespot on 2007-11-09 23:38:15

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Nov 9, 2007 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

High Johnny, which Warren song are you talking about?

As you probably know, there are some nice Zevon shows on here from the 70's.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

Yeah I like the 70's ones better too, lots of good stuff here from him. I'm not a HUGE fan but I do like him.

I'm talking the song Accidently like a Martyr. Here's one version from the 70's:

http://www.archive.org/details/wz1978-07-27.sbeok.flac16

I think I like this one better though, sounds even sadder.

http://www.archive.org/details/wz1990-12-08.flacf

the Jerry version is on the bonus disc in the box set. If you don't have that box set it is definately one to get. there are so many killer bonus tracks. Anyway, I LOVE that tune. Jerry should have done it more. I don't know, just find it very moving for some reason. " the hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder" those lines give me goosebumps.

Here's something I find funny for some reason. One day I heard a rendition of Knockin on Heavens Door and I'm thinking, holy crap! Like ANYONE needs to hear another version of that song. Then they announce it was Zevon, from his last album he was recording as he was dying. Then I felt like a real ass. AS if ANYONE had a right to it was certainly him right then.




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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Nov 9, 2007 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

Thanks. Nice story. I will give these two a run and the other 10 or so I DL two years ago.

I forget the date, but did you get that one radio show with Jackson Browne? That was cool.

12.8.76, there it is.

"I went home with a waitress, the way I always do..."

Check out Wisdespread Panic doing LG&M, have you gotten into this band yet? This band will make any cold day in Alaska dance with utter joy and bliss. You can tell I love them, right?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

I like Panic too but not as much as I used to. I got turned on to them at a Bill Grahm festival in Telluride in 91. Check out THIS lineup:

WSP ( who this was the first time I even heard of them )
David Grisman
Taj Mahal
Hot Tuna
Allman Bros

the bros. alone probably played three hours. By the end I was DONE. Anyway, right in the am while in line some dude hooked me up with a hit and I was peaking right during Panic. Needless to say they ate my mind.

anyway, I haven't really collected too much. I tend to only want SBD's of them because I think their sound loses a lot in aud's I've heard. The only boards I ever find are circ 97 which are KILLER shows as I'm sure you know.

This post was modified by johnnyonthespot on 2007-11-10 01:58:28

This post was modified by johnnyonthespot on 2007-11-10 01:58:57

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Nov 9, 2007 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes - Accidently like a Martyr

Please check out this summer, esp the Virginia and NC Shows, plus the fall tour. Jimmy H. is doing really well with them, they are on point once again.

Panic Stream.com

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 9, 2007 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

Dead doing Dylan, particularly if Jer sings eg. Baby Blue, or JGB doing Dylan songs eg. Tangled up in Blue, seem to be matches made in my particular heaven.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 9, 2007 1:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

agreed about Dead covering Dylan. I'm not a particular fan of the Chorus Jer put to Tangles up in Blue but that's just a minor gripe. I actually really like the way Bobby does Dylan. And I think there are some Dead Watchtowers every bit as powerful as Hendrix's version

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Nov 9, 2007 1:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

I always liked Jer doing Masterpiece with JGB but Bobby did a great job with it with the boys. Yeah, Watchtower was a great one too. Check out the 11.15.87 (Long Beach) one. That whole show is full of electric energy.

I've also always preferred the way the boys did Bobby McGee over Janis' version. I heard that both Bobby and Janis learned that song on the Festival Express train ride. Janis' version was a love song, Bobby's version was a song about freedom.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Nov 9, 2007 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

Believe I was listening to a really tight Bobby Magee from the Spectrum 73' before. Check it out if you have not already.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-03-24.sbd.bertha-ashley.25508.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by northstar dead on 2007-11-10 03:01:44

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 9, 2007 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: cover tunes?

So many but Morning dew comes to mind because some folks don't even know it's a cover.

Also, Not fade away. That was a perfect match for the band. Downside was they played it alot, usually slotted with throwing stones. But looking at the tune itself and so many powerhouse versions it's tough not to like.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 9, 2007 9:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Doing NFA!

hey lobster, regarding NFA, check out the ONLY version of NFA ever done by Jerry's band ... quite surprising really, first time i listened i kept expecting Bobby to jump in on the vocals:

http://www.filefactory.com/file/a12d37/

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Poster: KILLERGREENBUD Date: Nov 10, 2007 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Doing NFA!

GREAT SOUNDS,WOULD LIKE TO GET A HOLD OF THE WHOLE SHOW IF POSSIBLE. THANKS FOR THE LINK..JGB SOULD HAVE DONE THIS ONE MORE OFTEN .

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 10, 2007 11:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Doing NFA!

e-mail me your postal address and it's on its way

gohstworld AT juno DOT com

or if you prefer to download via bittorent, can do that as well, let me know and i'll hop on here:

http://www.shnflac.net/details.php?id=fe77e09292f7cf10891a932b8650988d0ee66e3a

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2007-11-11 07:09:24

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Poster: KILLERGREENBUD Date: Nov 12, 2007 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Doing NFA!

arb , thanks friend email comin' to you shortly .Will also cheack out link you posted. thanks brother!!!!!!!!!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 12, 2007 12:04pm
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cool, will drop in the post tomorrow morning, let me know when you get it ... A.

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Poster: KILLERGREENBUD Date: Nov 12, 2007 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Doing NFA!

Will do arb.can't wait to listen, got a good harvest this year up nothern NY

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 11, 2007 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry Doing NFA!

Arb,

Thanks for this post. I'll have to check it out today.

Appreciate it.